Skyros is often referred to as the forgotten gem of the Aegean and the last traditional large island. The lack of charter flights combined with the preservation order on Chorio from the Greek Ministry of Culture and its slightly quirky links with the main land has meant that tourism in Skyros has attracted an discerning mixture of tourist from both Greece and abroad who are determined to experience the ‘true Greece’. Obviously Skyros has changed over the years bit at a far slower pace than other islands.
Skyros has a wide variety of amenities and attractions; from sandy beaches to deserted coves, from traditional tavernas to sophisticated Italian restaurants, from simple village houses to luxury villas.
Skyros can offer a wide range of activities; from walks in virgin countryside or verdant pine forests, a host of Byzantine churches with ancient and inspiring frescoes, two interesting museums- one an archeological museum, the other notably described as ‘the best small museum in the world’ which in a compact area manages to provide a unique insight in the lives of Skyrians, an art gallery and a unique collection of books, documents and artifacts from all over the Hellenic world.
Whatever time of year you choose to visit, Skyros has something to offer every discerning traveller. The highlight of the Skyrian calendar and renowned throughout Greece and Europe, is the pre-Lenten carnival known as ‘Apokreas’, celebrated in Chorio. The carnival runs for 3 weeks prior to the beginning of Lent and climaxes on Green "Clean" Monday, the day before Shrove Tuesday. Although a Christian celebration its roots go back to the Dionysian Spring celebrations. The carnival expresses Ancient Greek culture in the form of old customs, disguises and events.
2017 Greek Carnival Dates
Triodion: Sunday February 5th
Tsiknnopempti or "Burnt Thursday": February 16th
Tsiknopempti Weekend: Friday 17th - Sunday February 19th
Main Carnival Weekend: Friday 24th - Monday February 27th
Green Monday: Monday February 27th